WORK: incomplete

VSK Residency Repost 6

“After wasting several hours working on this musical project, Nathaniel realizes that there is no possibility of ever listening to a completed version of the track. For the music to become infinitely slower as playback progresses, it can never reach its end. To listen to the work in progress would be to listen to something both incomplete and complete at the same time. The unfinished project has not accomplished what is intended of it, and yet it will play to a point of completion. The completed project has attained a goal, a conclusion, but an infinite repetition of technique is required of Nathaniel to enact the proposed design. To declare “done” is to quit the project. In all ways conceivable, the work can never be finished. To listen to it at any stage, no matter how close – or not close – to being what he wants it to be, is indicative of failure.”

2011. Ink on paper. 8.5 x 6.75 in.

This image-text pairing originally appeared on VerySmallKitchen as part of a 3-month online residency.

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On Dicework II, 2011/02/11

Dicework II was in development between late 2008 and early 2009, but was never completed. None of the rulesets were ever used to produce any work.

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Dicework II: Ruleset A-002 (Incomplete). 2008. Ink on paper. 3.25 x 5.5 in.Dicework II: Ruleset A-002 (Incomplete). 2008-2009. Ink on paper. 3.25 x 5.5 in.

-Step 1

Roll a die. If the result is 1 or 2, work shall proceed for 5 minutes at a time. If the result is 5 of 6, work shall proceed for 10 minutes at a time. If the result is 5 or 6, work shall proceed for 15 minutes at a time.

-Step 2

Roll two dice. The result shall determine the total number of sessions to be performed in the execution of the work (the duration of each session was determined in step 1).

-Step 3

At the beginning of each session, roll a die. If the result is an odd number, be careless – or sloppy – for the duration of the session. If the result is an even number, be meticulous for the duration of the session.

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Dicework II: Ruleset A-001. 2008-2009. Ink, magic tape, and correction tape on paper. 3.25 x 7 in.Dicework II: Ruleset A-001. 2008-2009. Ink, magic tape, and correction tape on paper. 3.25 x 7 in.

-Step 1

Roll a die to determine from a list of six choices what sort of work is to be made. The choices may be thematic in nature, or they may be formal. They may be precise, or open to interpretation.

Proceed to:

-Step 2

Roll a die. If the result is 1 or 2, work shall proceed for 5 minutes at a time. If the result is 3 or 4, work shall proceed for 10 minutes at a time. If the result is 5 or 6, work shall proceed for 15 minutes at a time.

-Step 3

Roll two dice. The result shall determine the total number of sessions to be performed in the execution of the work (the duration of each session was determined in step 2).

-Step 4

At the beginning of each session, roll a die. If the result is an odd number, be careless, or sloppy, for the duration of the session. If the result is an even number, be meticulous for the duration of the session.

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